Capturing color makes great gifts -
Robert Cave found a great hobby for him to be involved in while providing satisfaction by making gifts for family and friends using stained glass. Around a year ago, he made a remark that he needed to find something new in way of a hobby to keep him busy. That idea was heard by someone close to him. they purchased a book dealing with making stained glass art objects and sent it to him.
"I read the book and found it to be of interest. I read it cover to cover. I mentioned it to Gary McDonough who is also quite talented in producing stained art objects and he helped me quite a bit. Between him and the book, I made my decision what to tools to purchase and then set about purchasing them off the internet. There were numerous sites to go to," said Cave.
It included a cutter for the stain glass, running pliers which you can hold the glass, a diamond wheel to polish off rough edges and score glass plus a grinder for grinding and polishing, a saw to get in small areas. Other supplies besides various colors of glass is copper foil that comes in rolls and is used around each piece of glass. One also needs a composite board to pin each piece down on and then of course, a solder iron that has a thin metal wire heated to put the pieces permanently together. There are many kinds of glass one can purchase such as smooth and quite clear while others may have a wavy look to them ...
in this black and white photo, the blue bird is a very vibrant sun-catcher, and the cross is brilliant as well. Both were made by Cave in his new found hobby.
... When asked what was the first thing he put together, Cave said, "A shield which was formed from a larger square a because of the longer straight cuts I could make while adding other pieces of glass to it."
Last January Cave produced an eagle with a flag which brought a nice sum of money for an Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn fund-raiser. He has made numerous crosses in many colors of glass and sizes which are referred to as patchwork crosses. He has a good eye for colors working together.
"I have made many gifts for people. It's fun to do and people seem to like them. I made an Iris eye-catcher last summer and entered it into the Cherokee Fair and won the people's choice award. The hardest part is deciding what to do next and select what color glass to use. I have certainly made items than I could count. It isn't time consuming and nice to see the finished product fairly quickly," explained Cave.
He has more than one box filled with pieces of colored glass. Just like a quilter has boxes or piles of fabric, Cave has glass remnants. He has also made step-stones for flower gardens and has thought about making a bird bath with various colored pieces of glass. Night lights are great for the grandkids. Another has been the recipient of a jewelry box which would be quite special.
All of these personal gifts come with a nice remembrance of Cave's signature and date written with a diamond point engraving pen making it a very special gift.
Cave moved back to Marcus with his wife Sue in 1992 and their son Justin who will graduate from MMC this May. Cave is enjoying his retirement by staying busy.
In this photo, Cave is shown with one of the night lights he created after seeing one in a book which is plugged into a kitchen outlet. Very handy when going into a dark room to guide one's way.
Busy fingers at work -
Delores Tapper is as young at heart as anyone you'd hope to meet. I believe she'd out-work many a twenty year old as she has energy in abundance. She moved to Marcus with her husband Orville back in 1989 and set out to make her new residence her own.
"I can never just sit in front of a TV and just watch it. I have to be doing something and so, for me, it is working with needle and thread. I couldn't begin to count the number of items I crocheted. I know I have three boxes in the basement filled with doilies and such. I give many of them for gifts and people seem to enjoy them," said Tapper...
... One of the first things one will notice is her round crocheted table cloth which would make anyone green with envy as it is done to perfection. The second thing one has to see is her crocheting of the Lord's Prayer and the Lord's Supper. She explained how she has done more than one of each. The first was donated to Faith Lutheran Church in Marcus and then decided it needed to be larger for ease of reading. Thus, she made another. The heavier the thread, the larger the piece. She has one of each hanging in the couple's bedroom ...
...Visitors to the Tapper home will see her work in every room. Before this reporter left, she was enthralled with each piece and the effect it had for their home. The open cupboard between the kitchen and dining area, has a framed crocheted "God Bless Our Home" above while to the west is this antique tray with a crocheted floral arrangement in it ...
... Their family name was framed in the living room. Under the coffee table was another piece and in fact, all of the tables had special doilies in various shapes and sizes,providing a quaint atmosphere with a mix of antique furniture along with Victorian pieces...
... Tapper is currently working on altar linens with crosses in the crocheted lace. She commented that her larger projects are time consuming, and it would be difficult to measure her time. Some evenings, Tapper is busy until 2 a.m. as the time just melts away. Tapper has thought about producing a bedspread, but knows it would be the largest single item she has crocheted ...
... Tapper noted that she has to count rows and squares as the project grows to keep everything centered. When making crochet names, she uses graph paper to develop her plan and decide what style of letter to use.
Besides crocheting, reading is another favorite pass time. The Tappers have been playing cards with a group of friends that she went to high school with for 67 years now ...
In this photo, we see some napkins that she has made. Tapper likes to use cloth napkins for special occasions, so her red and green are great trimmed in one corner with crochet work with border all around, plus white and cream napkins for any occasion. It makes them special.
... She also is a member of a bridge group, and joined in a pinochle marathon group. For more physical workout, she bowls in the winter and golfs in the summer. She is also a great cook.
No one can accuse Tapper of sitting on her hands wishing the day away. She uses her talents. What is there not to like? 'Retirement' is not in her vocabulary.
(Photo - Don't know what to do with some Christmas bulbs for the tree? Make some Victorian creations by adding crochet trim, ribbons rhinestones and other special trim. Larger bulbs can be shown off hanging alone or put on display on a table)